Baby Formula Still Affecting Northern Michigan Families

As the Abbott plant in Sturgis halts production, just two weeks after opening back up after a months long closure, the baby formula shortage continues to affect families in northern Michigan.

Formula“Save up your gas money because that’s what it’s going to take,” said Alicia Warwick, mom to five month old Zayne.

9&10 News talked to Warwick in May about the formula shortage.

Things are not much different.

“I’ve been to all the stores that normally would have gone, ‘oh they’ll have a couple cans’,” she said. “They don’t have any, at all.”

In May, she had 11 cans of formula for her baby.

This month, she has one and a half.

“If it came down to it where he’s down to half a can and I can’t find it anywhere, I’ll just have to get a different kind,” Warwick said.

Gas prices play a huge factor in going and getting formula.

“My mom had sent me a picture of formula being at a Walmart at another city, but with the gas prices it’s like getting to that city, I don’t have the money to,” Warwick said.

Warwick is among many parents feeling the same way.

“We get calls really regularly asking for help to know where to go and get it,” said District Health Department #10 WIC Coordinator Elise Keaton.

Keaton says they see the special formulas parents are looking for change in supply.

“For a week or two, it’ll be one formula that’s difficult to find, and then that seems to come in and I won’t hear about it anymore, and then the next week it’ll be a difficult formula,” she said.

There’s a few things parents can do.

“I would definitely encourage families to contact the stores, ask about expected shipment dates,” Keaton said. “I’ve had a lot of moms that have been communicating amongst each other and really have been supportive to each other. They’ll post things online when they see formula in the store so that they can tell other moms about it.”

But for Warwick, and other parents, they want things to go back to normal.

“I’m hoping that they’re on the shelf,” she said. “I just don’t understand why they’re not.”